Christmas 2014

tree

I hope everyone had a wonderful Christmas! I love this time of year, because it’s a chance for me to feel like a kid again. Let’s face it, I am a kid at heart. I have a giant Christmas coloring book that I’ve been coloring in since I was ten. I remember many early mornings waiting for mom and dad to awaken, coloring pictures of Santa and his Elves.

I spent Christmas Eve baking goodies!

I spent Christmas Eve baking goodies!

While I’ve since stopped waking up at 6 in the morning to open presents, my family still follows Christmas traditions from my childhood. I wrote up a piece on the Food & More blog about our quirky Christmas Eve dining tradition.
More than ten years ago we started eating at a hibachi Japanese steakhouse. Now it seems sort of random but it has become such a habit.
From there, we drive through surrounding neighborhoods to look at lights. Then, we gather by the tree and read “The Night Before Christmas” while drinking hot chocolate. More recently we add some Baileys or Peppermint Schnapps.

a street decorating with lights

a street decorating with lights

On Christmas morning, my brother and I still get gifts from Santa. Now my parents don’t have to worry about setting up Melanie’s Malls and race car tracks, but it still feels nostalgic to think the big guy gave us some gifts.

new SLR camera!

new SLR camera!

It was another foodie Christmas for me as I’ve gotten a few things that are sure to make my food blog fancier. Last year, I got a KitchenAid stand mixer, and this year its time to amp up my food photography with my new SLR camera!

gifts
While most people my age probably get fancy purses, clothes and accessories, I got:
tofu press- so I don’t have to stack cookbooks on my tofu to press out the water
, baking sheet- to roast veggies
“Food Lovers Companion”- an essential “AP Style” guide for food writers
French press- for that legit coffee taste
Swiss 8 inch knife- America’s Test Kitchen recommended, lets just hope I don’t cut myself!

a full oven of roasted sweet potatoes

a full oven of roasted sweet potatoes

 

first food photo with the new camera!

first food photo with the new camera!

 

For dinner we did a classic Southern feast- ham, sweet potatoes, wilted spinach salad and corn. I admit, I’m eating meat now- in moderation.

look how clean my photos look with the new camera!

look how clean my photos look with the new camera!

It wouldn’t be Christmas without gingerbread. I baked these amazing vegan Gingerbread cookies from Food 52. I fooled the family, no one knew it was vegan!

I am lucky to have a family that makes Christmas a big deal each year. How did everyone celebrate their Christmas?

One thought on “Christmas 2014

  1. I love all your traditions! Including gifts from “the big guy”…awesome.

    Now that I’m married we switch every year who’s parents’ house we will be spending the Holiday at. This year was in Pensacola, which is always hard for me to be away, but that comes with the ring! ;)

    Can’t wait to see the pics with that new camera!

    ps…I got no fancy purse/watch …. I got books. nerd problems, right? :)

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